RAND boats unveiled their latest fleet, RAND Picnic Boats, an electric motorboat that enables boating to be enjoyed noise and fume free. Available in two versions, a sport and a tiller steering option, RAND Picnic boats are built with sustainable, light-weight materials including Kebony wood.
Able to seat up to 10 people and weighing in at a relatively svelte 280 kg (617 lb), both models can sail for up to 16 hours at a maximum speed of 13 km/h (8 mph) depending on the choice of motors and batteries.
Featuring a 2 x 5-meter (6.5 x 16-foot) hull made of recycled plastic bottles and wooden elements obtained entirely from sustainable forests, the Rand boats are claimed to be environmentally friendly, and require little maintenance.
Carsten Løppenthin Møller, Managing Director Kebony Denmark, commented: “We have greatly enjoyed working with the GoBoat team over the last couple of years and are thrilled that Kebony was the material of choice for the new fleet.”
Owners have a choice of either lithium or gel batteries that can be charged while plugged in at the dock, removed and charged elsewhere, or charged through the boat’s solar cells. The available Torqeedo electric outboard motor can be easily removed to transport back and forth between the boats when necessary.
The boats have already seen great demand and Scandinavian boat rental company, GoBoat, has had huge success from renting out their fleet of 50 boats on an hourly basis in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm. The boats can be rented out for €50 an hour and GoBoat have had more than 100,000 customers already. Prices to purchase the boats start from just €9,995.
The Danish architects and entrepreneurs behind RAND Boats had their first venture last year when they launched a fleet of solar-powered picnic boats. Sustainability informed design has always been paramount to the Danish team who used recycled plastic and Kebony cladding in the solar-powered boats. With the RAND Boats, in addition to the use of Kebony and electricity rather than fuel the fleet also exhibits a foam kernel made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, the team are currently working on a new boat built in recycled glass-fiber from discarded windmill blades.